Lorenzo leads from start to finish in Italy

Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the lead on the opening lap and never looked back as he stormed to victory at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello on Sunday.

The Spaniard shot past pole-sitter and home crowd favourite Valentino Rossi after a superb start into the first corner.

There was much action behind, as Rossi managed to hold onto second head of a charging Marquez, who went around the outside from sixth on the grid and came in aggressively into the second corner, making contact with Danilo Petrucci and pushing him wide, almost off the track.

Marquez then breezed past Rossi at the start of the third lap, but found himself in trouble a couple laps later. The riders’ championship leader lost grip on the fifth lap and slid into the gravel. Marquez recovered to get back on track but the damage had been done, as he cantered to 16th place at the end.

At the front of the race, Lorenzo was in ultimate control, with a cushion developing between him and the chasing pack. Andrea Dovizioso then picked Rossi’s pocket on the seventh lap to move into second, where he would remain for the afternoon.

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone put pressure on Rossi from fourth place into the middle stages of the race, but would not manage to pass the Italian.

Lorenzo would eventually cross the finish line in splendid isolation, over six seconds ahead of the battling Dovizioso and Rossi, who secured a podium finish much to the delight of the home fans at Mugello.

Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow would earn fifth and sixth, while a strong recovery from Petrucci earned him some points in seventh place.

Race Results:

1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 41’43.230
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 6.370
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 6.629
4 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 7.885
5 Alex Rins Suzuki 7.907
6 Cal Crutchlow Honda 9.120
7 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 10.898
8 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 11.060
9 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 11.154
10 Johann Zarco Yamaha 17.644
11 Pol Espargaro KTM 20.256
12 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 22.435
13 Tito Rabat Ducati 22.464
14 Bradley Smith KTM 22.495
15 Franco Morbidelli Honda 26.644
16 Marc Marquez Honda 39.311
17 Xavier Simeon Ducati 1’01.211
18 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 5 laps

DNF

Ret Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 4 laps
Ret Jack Miller Ducati 22 laps
Ret Thomas Luthi Honda 22 laps
Ret Dani Pedrosa Honda –
Ret Karel Abraham Ducati –
Ret Scott Redding Aprilia –

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